[LTS] - To Be Or Not To Be :)

Ho Wan Chan smartboyhw at gmail.com
Thu Apr 4 11:17:36 UTC 2013

Technically there is a much better reason of Lubuntu 12.04 not being an
official LTS.

According to the procedure for flavour approval (which was set up for
Lubuntu and for the flavours after it), one flavour is supposed to only get
LTS status after doing two releases and being approved by the Ubuntu
Technical Board. Since Lubuntu is approved at the 11.10 cycle, it would not
get LTS for 12.04 after all even with enough manpower.

However I think that Lubuntu is ready for making 14.04 an LTS now, you guys
got enough manpower. Just apply to the Technical Board :)

Howard Chan (smartboyhw)

2013/4/4 Ali Linx (amjjawad) <amjjawad at gmail.com>

> Hi,
> I think last week, I have explained whether Lubuntu 12.04 is a *REAL* LTS
> release or not on one of my replies. Today, I'd like to show that in an
> image I just created it.
> First, kindly have a read on this section:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu#Lubuntu_VS_Ubuntu
> Are you done?
> Now, please have a look at this:
> http://amjjawad.blogspot.com/2013/03/to-be-or-not-to-be.html<http://amjjawad.blogspot.ae/2013/03/to-be-or-not-to-be.html>
> Okay, since both Lubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 12.04 are having the same Core
> System, when there will be 'important updates' like updates for the Core
> System, Kernel, etc then *BOTH* will be receiving these for the LTS
> period which is 5 years.
> *So, I'm confused now O_o*
> *If both are having the same LTS Core then why you guys don't say it
> proudly and loudly that your 12.04 release of Lubuntu is an LTS?*
> Well, the answer is quite simple:
> Because, Lubuntu Developers due to the fact that there are not enough
> man-power (not enough developers) who can maintain an LTS release, we can't
> for example maintain a 5 years support for PCManFM, LXPanel, etc. We can't
> choose the same applications that Ubuntu is using because we MUST be very
> careful when it comes to 'Lubuntu Applications' because as you know very
> well, Lubuntu Applications must be lightweight.
> That is why, we can't go and say Lubuntu is a Real 100% an LTS release
> because it is not :)
> *Okay, what is the point then from all that? I'm still confused?*
> *- The Point IMHO is:*
> *If you are having an old machine that with 12.10 or the coming releases
> won't really work OR may not work (refer back to my Email titled: **Lubuntu
> and The VERY Old Machines)**, you can keep 12.04 on your machine without
> upgrading or installing the new versions.*
> This is my own opinion :)
> And technically speaking, the image that I included on my blog (
> amjjawad.blogspot.com/2013/03/to-be-or-not-to-be.html) should explain
> what Lubuntu and Ubuntu are sharing and what they are not.
> If you have any question, I'm more than glad and ready to answer :)
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